Open of the month: Gibraltar!

The GIBTELECOM MASTERS ran from the 26th of January to the 4th of February 2010 and had sufficiently big prizes to entice several big names to play.
Adams won the play-offs beating Vallejo Pons in the final.
Michael seems to have form and luck on his side at the moment as in his win last month over Bacrot in the British League (photo courtesy of Meri Grigoryan).

Gibraltar is a small British enclave on the southern coast of Spain. It's famous for the rock, the only european wild baboons and of course one of the most prestigious chess tournaments of the annual calendar.

The prize fund was truly exceptional for an open with a total of 112,500 pounds sterling.

This could be broken down as follows (all figures refer to pounds sterling).

1st Prize15,000
2nd Prize10,000
3rd Prize7,000
4th Prize5,000
5th Prize4,000
6th Prize3,000
7th Prize2,500
8th Prize2,000
9th Prize1,500
10th Prize1,250
11th Prize1,000
12th Prize1,000

There were 33 grandmasters including 6 women. The highest-ranking being Etienne Bacrot (France) with a 2713 rating.

However prizes for lower-ranking players were also not bad.

Prizes for best relative rating achievement.

Rating Band1st Prize2nd Prize
Under 22002,0001,000

Many leading women took part as they have a special prize fund, for example the current world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk and former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova. The number two female on the FIDE list, the Indian Humpy Koneru, was also present

Open to all Women

1st Prize8,000
2nd Prize4,000
3rd Prize3,000
4th Prize2,500
5th Prize2,000
6th Prize1,500
7th Prize1,000
8th Prize500

In case of a tie the highest rating performance takes the 8000 pounds!

Last round pairings and results:

1GM Gustafsson,Jan7.0GER26270.5-0.5GM Movsesian,Sergei7.0SVK2708
2GM Vallejo Pons,Francisco7.0ESP27050.5-0.5GM Adams,Michael7.0ENG2694
3GM Bacrot,Etienne6.5FRA27131-0GM Cramling,Pia6.5SWE2528
4GM Bindrich,Falko6.5GER25120-1GM Kamsky,Gata6.5USA2693
5WGM Zhukova,Natalia6.5UKR24620.5-0.5GM Fressinet,Laurent6.5FRA2670
6GM Fridman,Daniel6.5GER26540-1IM Lenderman,Alex6.5USA2560
7IM Javakhishvili,Lela6.5GEO24930-1GM Sandipan,Chanda6.5IND2622
8IM Boskovic,Drasko6.5SRB24540.5-0.5GM Koneru,Humpy 6.5IND2614
9GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal6.5IND25841-0GM Stefanova,Antoaneta6.5BUL2545
10IM Kapnisis,Spyridon6.0GRE25100-1GM Cheparinov,Ivan6.0BUL2660

The four leading players (on 7.5/10 and having the best tie-breaks) played for the big prize of 15000 pounds! The two-game semi-finals were played with 10 minutes plus 10 second increments and then (if necessary) an Armageddon game to decide.

Here are the results:

GM Gustafsson, JanGER26271-00-10-1GM Adams, MichaelENG2694
GM Vallejo Pons,FranciscoESP27051-00.5-0.5GM Sandipan, ChandaIND2622

After winning the Armageddon game Adams played Spanish GM Vallejo Pons.

GM Adams,MichaelENG26941-00.5-0.5GM Vallejo Pons,FranciscoESP2705

Humpy Koneru won the women's challenge by drawing in the last round. Koneru and Stefanova both played very long games finishing after 6 hours or so.

For further information:official site

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